The family-run 5-star Blue Water beach resort occupies an enviable spot amid coconut groves and edged by the blue waters of the Indian Ocean in the coastal town of Wadduwa, on Sri Lanka’s western side. It’s just 27km from Colombo, the island's capital. If you like being near water, this is the place for you – it has one of the island’s best pools.
Bring the outside in at the holistic Blue Water Hotel Spa, which provides a range of treatments, from a full-body massage and wraps to a number of beauty treatments that incorporate herbs, spices and aromatic oils – all in an entirely natural environment.
The hotel was designed by one of Sri Lanka's leading architects, Geoffrey Bawa, and the understated luxury carries through to the bedrooms, which combine Sri Lankan and classic touches. Rooms range from deluxe, superior deluxe, suites and club suite to the presidential suite. Each has its own private balcony or terrace with sea views, wifi access and crisp shell-coloured linen. Larger rooms have their own Jacuzzi.
As well as the stunning pools – including a children’s pool – the breathtaking beach and the hotel’s beautiful gardens, there are floodlit tennis courts, squash courts, a fully equipped gym, and facilities for water polo, beach volleyball, darts, chess, billiards and table tennis. By night, you can sit back and enjoy the hotel's evening entertainment or hit the Blue Wave nightclub. There are even shops inside the hotel, selling gifts, gems and jewellery.
Spice is always nice at the Blue Water, and you can take your pick from a number of eateries and bars offering Sri Lankan and international cuisine. You can eat indoors or al fresco at the relaxed Admiral’s Room, or try out the seafood at The Nautilus – which has a walk-in wine cellar to help you on your way. There's also the 24-hour Seven Seas coffee shop, as well as the poolside Clipper Bar, the Porthole Bar and the Sunset Lounge. By night there's an opportunity to enjoy a starlit barbecue.